So Chuck’s return to radio … it’s really happening.

Background.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, my alma mater, Hamilton College, essentially shut down its physical campus.  Students were taught via teleconference, and Hamilton’s usual extracurricular activities were culled for the year. All except one.  The college radio station, WHCL, continued to operate.  And that’s mostly because it was able to have a combination of…

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How the Cowsills almost became the Partridge Family

At one point in time, you’ve probably heard the Cowsills on your oldies radio station.  They were a fresh-scrubbed, clean-cut family from Rhode Island who eventually broke through with a series of “sunshine pop” hits.  Of course you know one of their biggest songs, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things,” don’t you? And you…

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Everybody sing along! ♪ We all live in a yellow submarine … ♪

Every so often, the Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine will make an appearance in one form or another.  It’ll be on the big screen for an anniversary showing, it’ll be released on DVD or Blu-Ray for a special commemorative sale, and then it will eventually return to the Apple vault. Yellow Submarine is a fantastic animated…

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That time Johnny Rotten called me a “stupid, filthy sod.”

I did one of those Facebook games the other day – the kind where you post three outlandish stories and challenge your FB friends to find the one that’s false. Well, here’s the story behind one of the “true” stories. It’s 1984, and as a college student, I spent most of my free time at…

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Ten acts that SHOULD be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame … but aren’t

Every year, the same old story.  Several singers, musicians and bands get nominated to enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we all kvetch and moan about why such didn’t get selected or why so-and-so DID.  This happens every year.  And we gripe and we grumble, and life goes on. This year,…

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So here’s a reason why you should learn about the Teskey Brothers …

My old bud from my college radio days, Jim McCaslin, forwarded me a website about an Australian rock band named the Teskey Brothers. Okay … interested … The Teskey Brothers were formed by brothers Sam and Josh Teskey in 2008, and they are a blues-rock group with several Oz hits.  They just recently won three…

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Alan Zweig’s Vinyl documentary – a record collector’s expose

A few weeks ago, I watched the Netflix documentary Jack of All Trades, which purported to discuss the trading card industry and instead morphed into a saga over a son’s relationship with his sportscard-trading father.  It was a little of each and not enough of both. And it reminded me of a documentary that, as…

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Thank you Greg Haymes. And thank you Sarge Blotto.

These are my memories of Greg Haymes.  You might know him as Sarge Blotto.  I want to share my memories with you today. It’s 1980 and I’m living in a very toxic home life.  One of my few escapes was listening to the local top 40 radio stations.  And for some unexplained reason … the…

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